Pulmonaria spp. & cvs

Scientific name: Pulmonaria spp. & cvs



Common names: “lungwort” “Jerusalem sage” “Adam and Eve” “Bedlam cowslip” “beggar’s basket” “bugloss cowslip” “Jerusalem cowslip” “lady’s cowslip” “lady’s milk” “Mary’s honeysuckle” “Mary’s tears” “sage of Bethlehem” “soldiers and sailors” “spotted dog”

Plant Type: Evergreen perennial


Zone: 4-9

Light: Full shade – partial shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Fertile, humus rich

Moisture: Moist well drained, does not like wet feet


Plant Size: H 1′ W 2′

Leaf and Stem shape: Broad leaves spotted with greenish-white

Flower: Clusters of funnel-shaped flowers, pinks and blues

Pruning: Cut back hard after flowering, cut new leaves at the end of summer

Maintenance: Low

Landscape use: Used for ground-cover, works well with late herbaceous perennials

Propagate: By seed and division

Pests & Disease: Powdery mildew in dry conditions

*Deer resistant

♥Attracts hummingbirds

Comments: Traditionally used to treat respiratory problems

Cultivars: P. officinalis – handles more sun

P. ‘Sissinghurst White’ – clear white, light green foliage with soft silvery spots ~AGM

P. saccharata – flowers open pink then turn blue (Argenta Group ~AGM winner)

P. ‘Blue Ensign’ – unspotted, dark leaves, large blue-violet bells ~AGM winner

Other AGM winning varieties include : P. ‘Lewis Palmer’ , P. ‘Vera May’ , P. angustifolia , P. ‘Diana Clare’


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